October 6, 2016 - About 50,000 young adults on the autism spectrum will be transitioning from school age into adulthood this year. They will part with the comfort and familiarity of the classroom and enter the workforce for the first time. Like most employable adults, they will face many challenges adjusting to their new roles and responsibilities. However, a little guidance from a career coach, along with access to professional services, may help these job seekers not only survive but also succeed at work.
July 21, 2016 - Nish Parikh may have the solutions to problems with American educational and employment practices.
Parikh is the founder and CEO of the WebTeam Corp., co-founder and chairman of Rangam Consultants, and recent winner of the NJBiz Innovation Hero Award. He believes that businesses should be employing more people on the autism spectrum, a segment of the American populace which he feels has great unused potential.
July 6, 2016 - Rangam Consultants Inc. and Autism Speaks on June 17th gathered with representatives from the Poses Family Foundation ADVICE, Advocations, Eden Autism Services, Celebrate the Children, Identifor, Disability Solutions Ability Beyond and representatives of large corporate employers at the Princeton office of Autism Speaks to brainstorm ways people with autism and other disabilities can be connected to meaningful employment. The discussion touched upon some of the main challenges associated with inclusive employment and how those challenges can be overcome through temporary or alternative work arrangements that currently constitute 15% of the U.S. labor market.
May 18, 2016 - As the population of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder keeps growing, so does the number of people with that diagnosis who aren't finding employment.
Though many young adults on the spectrum are considered high functioning, recent research shows 40 percent don't find work — a higher jobless rate than people with other developmental disabilities experience.
April 13, 2016 - Gerald Franklin is a game and interface designer for WebTeam Corporation. Being on the spectrum, Franklin found technology and games to be a source of comfort and a way to connect with others. He continues to study and utilize accessible design so more people can experience the same.
Franklin said, "I wanted to make games, apps and websites that didn't leave out those with disabilities and special needs. As someone with Asperger's, I had a vested interested in following this passion."
April 30, 2016 - Today, Autism Speaks announced an exciting new employment tool called TheSpectrumCareers.com in partnership with Rangam Consultants Inc. (RCI) and WebTeam Corporation! In the post below, Autism Speaks Director of Adult Services Dave Kearon talks about why this exciting new tool was developed and how it will open the doors to opportunities not just to individuals with autism, but to the businesses and organizations that employ them.